We have a school!

Yesterday all of the months of hard work and planning paid off.  Our very first cygnets walked through the door and we can now officially say that we are a school!  The students are the ones who bring the life and soul into the place so before they arrived we were really just a collection […]

First week with staff

This week we started final preparations for the Swan School to officially open on the 9th September.   It was both a pleasure and relief to see all the staff walk through the doors on Monday.  I say pleasure because, as a headteacher, it is an extremely rare opportunity to be able to hand-pick every single […]

What lies beneath The Swan?

On Saturday, new Swan families and I braved the adverse weather conditions to find out more about the archaeological findings that have been unearthed where are new school buildings will be located.  I am sure I speak for others who attended when I say that I definitely had second thoughts when I saw that Storm […]

What’s underneath The Swan’s new home?

The archaeology of the site of The Swan School will be uncovered this weekend. Preparation work on the permanent site at Marston started last month and archaeological excavations are being carried out ahead of construction. Experts from Cotswold Archaeology will be on hand to explain what they have found so far between 10am and around […]

Lessons from the recruitment front line

Staffing is the biggest expense in running a school and our teachers are our most important resource.  It has been well-documented that there is currently a recruitment and retention crisis in schools so getting the right team in place has been my number one priority to ensure that The Swan gets off to the very […]

The Swan School WILL open in September

Oxford’s first new secondary school in more than half a century will definitely open this year after the Government officially approved funding for it. The Swan School today (April 5th) received confirmation from the Department for Education (DfE) that it will be allowed to open in September, when it will admit its first cohort of […]

The Swan School on the BBC this morning

The Swan School was on Radio Oxford this morning. Parents and county council leader Ian Hudspeth spoke about the fact that the Department for Education has yet to sign the technical document that will allow us to formally confirm that the school will open in September. It is a frustrating time for parents, but they […]

Food, glorious food!

Food will be an extremely important part of life at The Swan – not least because of my own tendency to get ‘hangry’ when not properly fed!   All Swan staff and students will eat together as a family.  They will enjoy a healthy, nutritious meal together and will be encouraged to try different foods. […]

Swan seeking music, PE and languages teachers

The Swan School has started advertising for three new teachers this weekend. The job adverts for teachers of music, PE and modern foreign languages have gone live on the TES website.

The Swan School is seeking five more leaders

The Swan School is currently advertising for five senior members of staff. The TES site is now carrying adverts for the posts of Assistant Headteacher and subject leaders in science, maths and numeracy, English and literacy, and society and culture.